Icon Myths are metaphors with which one tries to make sense of the world and which carry the power of Icon Images. An example of an Icon Myth is using the European Bible to generate concepts of the Cosmos being an Artifact (a made thing) in a mechanical sense. As part of the European concept that the Cosmos is an artifact and not run by the African God, Amun, they misapplied the Ancient Egyptians' creation of the Mythological story of humans and animals. It says Khnum (Egyptian, molder; Divine Potter), a ram-headed deity and potter-god, uses the mud of the Nile, heated to excess by the Sun, fermented and generated, without seeds, the races of men and animals (Gadalla p142). Then the resultant created bodies of children are removed from the potter's wheel and inserted into their mothers' bodies. Immediately upon the delivery of each baby, Khnum's consort, Heket, offers the “breath of life,” symbolized by the ankh, to the nose of the clay figure to animate the clay effigy into a living soul so as to become a vibrant part of the divine order charged with numinous (Sublime) power. This breath represents the hidden or occult force underlying creation. But European Bible Passages leave no doubt about the belief in the concept of the Divine Potter as a fact. Genesis, 2:7 mentions the material used to make man is the same type of substance used by Khnum: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." This was again echoed thousands of years later in Isaiah, 64:8: "Yet, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art our potter; we are all the work of thy hand." "Breathing into the nose of the clay figure to animate the clay effigy" conveys to Western people the idea of a 'made' Cosmos. Such separates from each other the things made (e.g. each human being) as well as separates those things made from the Maker (i.e. God).
First and most important in this powerfully flawed concept is that believers in the Cosmos being put together as a Mechanical Artifact will see themselves as Individualists--meaning "survival of the fittest." Second, if they were made out of clay, then when they stop breathing they will return to clay--and that is all there is to their existence. The phrase: "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" comes from the funeral service in the Book of Common Prayer, and it is based on Genesis 3:19. That passage says that we begin and end as dust. Genesis 18:27 and Job 30:19 refer to dust and ashes as components of the human body. Third, they might believe God's will is imposed on them, thus wiping out their "Free Will." That implies boundaries on God's Unconditional Love in the form of not being "free" to follow what they believe is best. In some, this can generate resentment and rebellious acts which, in turn, can go in the direction of being aggressive Brutes and Satanists. The first aggressive move is because as "Individualists" since God has set in motion the workings of the Cosmos, God is not needed to tell them what to do. In their view, reality is simply blind unintelligible energy needing to be conquered and controlled. By being "little gods" they are quite capable of running the show and doing whatever they like--Kill/Take/Destroy--and never, never show any signs of weakness. They see Competition as the name of the Game--who can win the most adult toys. The Game is played like Billiards, with each Brute symbolizing the white cue ball powered by aggression. The idea is to roll it all over the "table" and bang into other balls (victims) so as to "pocket" them as well as to knock cue balls (opponents) off the table. The rules are that there are no rules--and Fetters reign supreme. Thus, all players are on hyperalert to any danger coming from any direction by competitors or victims. There is no such thing as discussing in order to gain understanding.
For this reason, their "tough guy" tyrant attitude always carries a sense of insecurity with the fear that "I might not have what it takes." Hence, each must be ever-ready to compete from a warrior's position--as in always having guns of various types and with an eagerness to use them as a way of bolstering their Icon Image of what represents "manliness"; always sitting with their backs to a wall; having "body guards" of various types (e.g. in-group members, being part of systems designed to "take down" any opponents); and beating down those whom they take advantage of so that those victims lack the spirit to fight back. Brutes are miserable people!
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